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The hair’s the thing

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Over the last 12 months, Brodie’s personality has transformed.

My once awkward and emotional wee boy has turned into a confident, outgoing young man.

Like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis, he’s found his true self and seems to feel comfortable in his own skin, secure in his place among his peer group and (gulp!) even starting to notice girls.

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Keeping fit in the family

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Exercise.

Like diet, it should be a four-letter word.

Tell anyone they need to get some exercise and images of sweating for hours at the gym sends shivers down their spine.

Or at least it does for me.

Which is why, with the weather improving and the nights getting lighter, I like to think of fun ways to get fitter and healthier. I prefer exercise where we don’t even realise we’re doing it.

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Que sera sera. But whatever will he be?

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My eldest is at that age when he’s ready to experiment with his look.

It started with him growing his hair about 12 months ago.

Even in that in-between mop-like stage I’ve stuck by his decision. It’s driven his Dad crazy (but I think that’s part of the attraction!)

He likes standing out from the crowd, and now he’s 10 there’s a growing interest in clothes, as well as what makes the girls notice him (eeek!)

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Five small ways to treat yourself today

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Whether it’s the latest cold doing the rounds or the hangover of a particularly bad night’s sleep, it’s hard to get a handle on anything at this time of year.

Yup, the Winter blues have hit and you may have found yourself saying “It’s been one of those days” far too regularly.

But when plastering on a smile and soldiering through doesn’t cut it, it’s time to admit you need a little break. To help get some well-deserved and much-needed ‘me time’, here’s five of my favourite treats guaranteed to turn your day around.

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How reading helps young children learn

 
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Should you ban video games for your kids?

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It seems like almost every child has a device to play games.

Games have replaced physical toys and books as must-have Christmas and birthday presents.

But with so many scare stories about the effects of games on children’s development, especially those that contain violence, should you ban them in your household? What are the consequences of the digital entertainment take-over?

So let’s take a look at the pros and cons of games for kids, check out fun, educational alternatives to violent games and offers tips to help integrate game-playing into your kids’ lives in a sensible way.

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Making a shopping Lyst

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As a busy parent I’ve always done a lot of my shopping online.

But since returning to work, and then becoming a single mum, clothes shopping has become pretty much impossible unless I purchase on the internet.

I love fashion and get a lot of joy from adding a new item to my wardrobe. But the idea of my two kids waiting while I take things into a store changing room is both horrific and laughable. The stress of keeping them amused is tough enough without the thought of them noisily destroying a shop display while I’m still grappling with the zip of a dress.

So I’m glad I’ve found Lyst.

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Review: Education Quizzes

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I guess my sons are typical boys. Teaching them in a classroom environment will only ever achieve so much. And now they are aged 7 and 10, there are certain strengths and weaknesses which seem to be coming out in their schoolwork.

Numbers. Numbers are fun for them. Give them any maths activity to do and they attack it with relish.

Words? Now they are a whole different matter.

Being  a journalist and blogger, you’d think my boys would take the same kind of joy from words as I do. But I guess we’re all different. They love storytelling and have colourful imaginations.

But the technical side of words – spelling, grammar, tenses, nouns, pronouns…….. start teaching them that stuff and their eyes roll back in their heads as they daydream about going out on their bikes.

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Surviving Divorce

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If I felt grown up buying my first home, getting married, having kids….

It’s nothing compared to how grown up I feel getting a divorce.

Only this time, not in a good way. It’s something to survive.

Tackling the emotional and practical side of ending a marriage, is like negotiating a minefield in oversized clown shoes.

Because there was once two of you promising to stay together forever. There was once two of you making plans, putting your trust in each other…

And then it all blew up in your face.

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Making the most out of your car insurance

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Insurance is a pain, expensive and not the most exciting thing to spend your time or money on.

If you want to save, you’ve got to be smart.

Being approached by car dealership Carspring made me realise that with just some small changes, you can hugely cut your car insurance costs.

Here are eight surprisingly easy tricks to beat the insurers and save your cash for the more exciting things in life.

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